The Teacher Licensure for Post-Baccalaureate (TLP) students program is housed within the Teacher Education Department . It is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Education and wish to obtain their initial Professional Educator License (PEL). The PEL permits you to teach in Illinois public schools. It is issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

PEL licenses you to teach in ONE of the following areas:

  • Grades 9-12 to teach ONE subject:  Biology, English, Health, History or Math.
  • K-12 Education to teach ONE subject: Art studio, Music, Physical Education or Spanish.

TLP is not a degree program. Successful completion enables students to meet the requirements for the Illinois Professional Educator Licenses. If you already hold a teaching license, you cannot do TLP, but our FOCUS program is available instead.

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission to NEIU as a graduate student-at-large (SAL). Contact the Admissions Office (773) 442-4000 for more information or apply online.
  • Official copy of passing score report from the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  Passing scores from the Basic Skills test #300 or #096, if passed less than 10 years ago are acceptable. Register for TAP exam here:
  • Official transcripts from every university or college attended. NEIU transcripts printed from NEIUPort are acceptable. All others must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the university or college attended.
  • Completed, signed, TLP application form enclosed with the above documents mailed to:

Vanessa J. King
Teacher Licensure Program, LWH 0018
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL.60625

NOTE:  Incomplete application forms/materials will not be considered.

DEADLINES for Application to the TLP program:

  • To begin in the fall semester, March 31 (classes start in August)
  • To begin in the spring semester, August 31 (classes start in January)

Foreign Credentials

Degrees obtained outside of the United States must be evaluated either by:

Include a course by course evaluation from either of these companies with your TLP application.  Note: NEIU accepts evaluations only from these two companies.

Program Contact Information:

Vanessa J. King, Program Advisor
(773) 442-5387